Arts & Entertainment

South Plainfield Students Spread Cheer to Show They Care

0d1818cddcd11117b33d_IMG_8035.JPG
Students at Riley Elementary School in South Plainfield create cards for hospitalized children throughout the United States Credits: Victoria Caruso
cc95f2e5883ec5e0ed3a_Cards_-_Kennedy.jpg
Students at Kennedy Elementary School in South Plainfield create cards for hospitalized children throughout the United States
0d1818cddcd11117b33d_IMG_8035.JPG

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Handmade inspirational and holiday cards created by students at John F. Kennedy and John E. Riley Elementary students will soon be on their way to hospitalized children throughout the United States.

Earlier this month, a character education initiative focusing on ‘caring’ and ‘kindness’ was launched at the two schools. “We really wanted to do something that would go along with that caring theme but that would also show the students that it isn’t just about caring for people we know. That it goes beyond that,” said Melissa Zurawiecki, guidance counselor for both Riley and Kennedy schools.\

While students have created and sent cards to local New Jersey hospitals during the holidays in the past, the goal this year was to spread hope beyond the Garden State. To do so, Zurawiecki selected the Cards for Hospitalized Kids organization (www.cardsforhospitalizedkids.com), an Illinois-based non-profit established dedicated to bringing providing joy through cards to children in hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses throughout the country.

Sign Up for E-News

To provide students with background on the organization, a video about the organization and its founder, Jen Rubino, was shown to students and almost immediately, cards began pouring in.

“We showed the kids the video in the morning and by lunch time we had already started to get cards,” said Riley Principal Leo Whalen. 

“After watching the video in the morning, our students were really motivated to make a difference in the life of someone else,” said Kennedy Principal Kevin Hajduk. “Many of our students also spent their time at home with their families creating beautiful cards to send to hospitalized children.”

Over the first week of the initiative, students decorated dozens of pieces of construction paper with drawings, photos, stickers, holiday greeting and inspirational messages ranging from ‘You’re Awesome,’ ‘Be Brave,” “Stay Strong,” and more. “All the students are being super creative. Each one is different,” said Zurawiecki.

In addition to showing kindness and caring though the card campaign, Riley this month organized two different Student Council Spirit Days to raise money for South Plainfield families in need. On Dec. 8; students paid $2 each to take part in Pajama Day, raising $330, and a second fundraising effort, Ugly Sweater Day, is planned for Dec. 13.

The Cards for Hospitalized Kids initiative will end at both Riley and Kennedy School on Friday, Dec. 15 at which time the cards will be collected and shipped to the organization’s Chicago headquarters where they will be distributed to hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses throughout the 50 states.

“The character education program, for us, is about keeping these pillars visible in the eyes of the student. These programs are important and doing something like this lets them see that they are different ways for them to care about others,” said Whalen.

In addition to the Cards for Hospitalized Children initiative, the Kennedy School community has been busy collecting gifts for those in need this holiday season. According to Hajduk, two holiday ‘giving trees’ were set up at the school with Kennedy School staff, parents, and students selecting gift tags from the tree and purchasing items for local families.

“The pillars of character education are evident in our schools throughout the school year…Throughout the entire school year, the culture at Kennedy School is always focused on caring and kindness,” said Hajduk. “Our school motto emphasizes these terms and it is great to see that at this time of the year, we include activities that help many individuals during the holiday season of giving”

Hajduk added, “Riley School and Kennedy School are extremely fortunate Mrs. Zurawiecki and Intern School Counselor Ms. Ashnault brought the holiday card initiative to our building this year. It has been a great addition to our schools and I look forward to it becoming a tradition each year in our schools.”

TAPinto South Plainfield is South Plainfield’s only free daily paper. Sign up to get all the news as it happens at www.TAPinto.net/enews and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SouthPlainfieldTAP/ and on Twitter at @SoplainfieldTAP.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

South Plainfield

The Athlete of the Week Kayla Greenleaf Girls’ Winter Track

The Girls Winter Track Program ran away with the Blue Division Championship Saturday as they out hustled, jumped and threw their way past rivals JFK, Metuchen, Spotswood and Bishop Ahr.  South Plainfield was anchored by a balanced attack in the Shot Put, High Jump, Hurdles, 2 Mile, and 4 x 400 meter relay.  It was not just those with medals who paced the ladies to the divisional ...

The Athlete of the Week: Giovanni Dudley Boys’ Basketball

The South Plainfield Boys’ Basketball team is continually improving throughout the season.  The Tigers finished as runner-ups at the 9th Annual Anthony Cotoia Holiday Basketball Tournament. They then pushed one of the better teams in the GMC, Bishop Ahr, losing close, by a score of 66-74.  Things came together for South Plainfield on Saturday, as they knocked off GMC White ...

Obituaries

James V. Eckert, former South Plainfield resident James V. Eckert, 83, of Waretown, N.J., ...
Read more

Letters to the Editor

Thank you from Heather Barry

January 9, 2018

As another year comes to a close, the South Plainfield Social Services has again, had a very successful “Adopt a Family for the Holiday” program.  As a new director, I am in complete awe over the generosity and kindness of our South Plainfield residents.  Together, this community helped provide food and gifts for over 80 South Plainfield families in need. 

Every ...

South Plainfield Resident Named to East Stroudsburg University's Fall 2017 Dean's List

January 16, 2018

EAST STROUDSBURG, PA -- A total of 1,555 students have been named to the Dean's List at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU) for the Fall 2017 semester of the 2017-2018 academic year, according to Joanne Bruno, J.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs. The following local students made the list:

Cody O'Connor of South Plainfield, NJ, a Senior majoring in ...

Community Happenings

The Sacred Heart Lenten Fish Dinners

January 17, 2018

The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203 and Sacred Heart Church, will again be sponsoring their world famous Lenten Fish Dinners on February 16th, February 23rd, March 2nd, March 9th, March 16th and March 23rd

Dinners will be served in the Holy Savior Academy Cafeteria located at 149 South Plainfield Ave, South Plainfield, from 5PM to 7PM each Friday during Lent.

The menu ...

South Plainfield Cultural Arts holding 2018 Talent Showcase

January 9, 2018

The South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission is hosting our 10th annual talent showcase for the residents of South Plainfield. We will have auditions on February 3rd and 11th from 2-5PM at Wesley Methodist Church on Plainfield Avenue. The showcase will be March 4th at 4 PM at Wesley Methodist Church.

 

All talents and ages are welcome to audition for the show. If you have any ...

Man Arrested for Scamming Victims to Cash Stolen Checks

On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, the South Plainfield Police Department arrested a 29 year old Plainfield resident for scamming people into cashing stolen checks.

On January 2, 2018, Kyle Williams entered the Wells Fargo Bank on Plainfield Ave within the borough and convinced a customer to cash a check for him because his identification was expired.  The victim ...

South Plainfield Municipal Court Clerk – Part-time

South Plainfield Municipal Court Clerk – Part-time – The Borough of South Plainfield is looking for a part-time clerk to work in the Municipal Court Office.   Responsibilities shall include but are not limited to answering phones, data entry, processing payments, maintaining files and handling walk-in inquiries.

Successful candidates should possess experience in customer ...

Baby, It's Cold Outside, But It's Warm in the Senior Center

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, Nj - It may be cold outside, but at 90 Maple Avenue, the Senior Citizens Center of South Plainfield, the seniors are toasty and very busy. While golf and walks in the park are far off for now, the group is enjoying all kinds of celebrations, starting with a Brunch and Karaoke on Thursday, January 19 at 11:00 am.

January 23, 11:30 am is set for the date to celebrate ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_8ccf1813377e1f849682_breakfast

Sun, January 21, 8:00 AM

South Plainfield

Tiger Cheer Breakfast

Carousel_image_7afd00463a99b1d2d350_img_3263

Sun, January 21, 1:00 PM

South Plainfield

Open House 312 Elissa Court, South Plainfield, NJ

Real Estate

Carousel_image_cbd42edf48a1c1a56bd2_mlk_flyer-page-001

Sat, February 3, 2:00 PM

South Plainfield

South Plainfield Library Presents: Martin Luther ...

Carousel_image_de30c124ff21f08af76a_sp_cultural_arts

Sat, February 3, 2:00 PM

South Plainfield

South Plainfield Cultural Arts - 2018 Talent ...

Carousel_image_63c8b5f3314e6e6b8546_blood_drive

Tue, February 6, 8:00 AM

South Plainfield

11th Annual Blood drive - Feb 6, 2018

Carousel_image_65cf90b3235c6dde6d3a_designer_bag_bingo

Fri, February 9, 6:30 PM

South Plainfield

Designer Bag Bingo - Roosevelt PTO's Annual Event

Columns

Vitale & Diegnan Bill to Combat Opioid Crisis Goes to Governor

TRENTON – The Senate and Assembly today gave final approval to legislation sponsored by Senate Health Chairman Joseph F. Vitale and Senator Patrick Diegnan Jr. to strengthen New Jersey’s laws in order to combat the opioid crisis in the state. The bill now goes to the governor’s desk.

 

“New Jersey has taken forceful action to combat the opioid epidemic. This ...

The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb

The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb (Atria Books, 2017)

 

Sharyn McCrumb is, quite simply, an American gem, and one of my favorite authors. From her books set in Appalachia with strange characters who remind us of our pioneer past, to St. Dale, a masterpiece about the legendary car racer, Dale Earnhardt in McCrumb's NASCAR series, McCrumb's poetic language and attention to ...

Bookmarks

Did you miss a movie that you wanted to see in the theaters and don’t want to pay to rent it or for the DVD? Come to “Monday Night Movies” at the library.  It’s all the fun of a movie theater but none of the cost.  We are showing brand new releases every Monday night and we will be providing popcorn for all who attend. This week’s movie stars Judi Dench, ...

The Sacred Heart Lenten Fish Dinners

The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203 and Sacred Heart Church, will again be sponsoring their world famous Lenten Fish Dinners on February 16th, February 23rd, March 2nd, March 9th, March 16th and March 23rd

Dinners will be served in the Holy Savior Academy Cafeteria located at 149 South Plainfield Ave, South Plainfield, from 5PM to 7PM each Friday during Lent.

The menu ...

Mark Zuckerberg Should Be Concerned About His Legacy; Punishing Legitimate Media Organizations and Small Businesses Isn’t the Answer; Regulation Is

Facebook recently announced it will be changing its feed and algorithms so that news from publishers and posts from businesses will be relegated in favor of posts about your neighbor’s cat. 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is making these changes because he is concerned about his legacy and that of the company he founded. If ...

Follow the Money

In 2013 a man in the UK cleaned out his junk drawer and absently tossed an old hard drive dismantled from a Dell Computer into the trash.  The hard drive, rusting in landfill somewhere in Wales, contains 7500 bitcoins. 

  

At the time, his staggering loss was about $4 million.  But if he had wisely invested his failing hard drive in a bank safe deposit box his ...

Press Releases

Red Cross blood shortage prompts urgent call for blood and platelet donations during National Blood Donor Month

January 21, 2018

This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage.

Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet ...